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Monday, November 17, 2014

Era V: 2010: Brick, motor, and inkwells.

With the digital revolution age fully upon the world, RPGs speed up. One-shots and short scenarios become popular against the more time-requiring ‘saga’ RPGs. Oh, the longer games are still produced, but the gamer cells begin trending to fast games where the characters are pre-canned and the adventures are played out over the course of one or three sessions.

Bits and Mortar initiative.

“We love real, physical brick and mortar game stores, and we want to see them survive — and thrive — even as the digital content options for gaming become more prevalent. Today's game-buying customers want the best of both worlds: the portability of an e-book, and the lasting durability of one made out of paper, glue, and ink. They want to be able to support their favorite local game stores, and they want to be able to support their favorite publishers. The Bits and Mortar initiative is all about making sure they don’t have to choose one or the other. We want them to choose both, every time.”

A’n’SR entertainments is created, providing online distributions for in-house products.
Eldritch Enterprises formed by D&D alum Tim Kask, Frank Mentzer, Jim Ward, and Chris Clark.
The Cortex Plus system is released by Margaret Weis Productions for Leverage: The Roleplaying Game.
The Powered by the Apocalypse (PbtA) system is produced by Lumpley Games for the Apocalypse World RPG.

Punk
FUBAR by Vulpinoid Studios. Become a cutthroat merc out for revenge!
Remember Tomorrow by Box Ninja. A quick & dirty cyberpunk game.
Rise of Aester LARP: by Aesterlight Steampunk Studios. Includes costuming, set and prop building advice.

Sci Fi
In Harm's Way: StarCluster by Flying Mice. was released on February 22, 2010. This game is a resetting of StarCluster 2E using the StarCluster 3 system, with emphasis on the Cluster military. On the same day, StarCluster 2E was released for Free Download. In Harm's Way: StarCluster won the Gaming Genius Award for Best Setting in 2011.
StarCluster 3 by Flying Mice. was released on September 29, 2010. This is a complete re-imagining of the StarCluster 2E game, concentrating on civilians in the Cluster. It was released in two pdf editions - a Developer's Edition with special appendix and commercial license, and a Standard Edition without - and a print version of the Standard Edition. Later, a Light edition for players only was released. It was named "Best Game of 2010" by the influential RPGBlog.
Fires of Heaven by BTRC. A science fiction setting with the United Worlds against the Vorn seeming to have ended under mysterious circumstances.
Stars without Number by Sine Nomine Publishing. Play old school sci fi that feels like D&D in space.
After the War a MechWarrior edition released by Catalyst Game Labs in the line of Total Warfare.
Deathwatch by FFG. Set in the Warhammer 40K universe where you play a member of the Adeptus Astartes genetic super-soldiers.

Modern / Last Century
Leverage RPG by Margaret Weis Productions. This is a contemporary crime game based on the TV show Leverage.
The Laundry by Cubicle 7 Entertainment. In this dark horror send up of weird things from space-time, you play a member of the British secret service.
ICONS by Cubicle 7 Entertainment. A generic setting superhero game.
Smallville RPG by Margaret Weis Productions. Based on the Superman TV show.
Adventures in Oz 2010 F. Douglas Wall Publishing.
Skulduggery by Pelgrane Press. Any genre, fast play game of ‘verbal fireworks & sudden reversals’.
Untold by Wondering Men Studios. CCG’s meet RPG where there are no rulebooks, only cards with directions and stats!
The Dresden Files RPG by Evil Hat Productions. Based on the book series and using the SRD Fate system.
Progenitor by Arc Dream Publishing. A superhero game for Wild Talents 2.
Wild World Wrestling by Timeout Diversions. ‘Nuff said.

Historic-esque
GURPS Low-Tech:  Up through the Age of Sail handbook that provides GURPS stats.

Anime
Inou Taskai second edition by Enterbrain and Game Field. Japanese superheroes based on legends and ethnic cultures.
Wu Xing: the Ninja Crusade by Third Eye Games. This anime is set in the army of the Lotus Coalition where chi powers are used with sword and shuriken.

Fantasy
Blood and Tears by Wicked Dead Brewing. LARP rules for 2008’s Houses of the Blooded dark fantasy RPG.
Ythrek by BTRC. Return to this v1.1 low tech / fantasy setting.
Legend of the Five Rings Role-Playing Game  4th edition is released.
EABAlarp - a live action role-playing version of the EABA rules.
EABAanywhere - a highly trimmed version of the rules, focusing on portability and playability
Lamentations of the Flame Princess Weird Fantasy RPG by Lamentations of the Flame Princess. A generic fantasy setting with demonic underpinnings and weird magics.
Shadow, Sword, & Spell by Rogue Games. In this sword & sorcery fantasy (generic) game settings, you play in a customizable world awash in conflict and danger.
RuneQuest II / Legend by Mongoose Publishing
Aftermath! Magic! by FGU. This is an ‘other rules’ book where you adventure in a world after magic has collapsed.
Reign Enchiridion by Cubicle 7 Entertainment / Arc Dream Publishing. A stripped down version of the ORE system Reign rules and supplements.
Legends of Anglerre by Cubicle 7 Entertainment. Action-packed sword & sorcery game using the Starblazer system.
RuneQuest II by Mongoose Pub. The revised game from the 80’s is back!
C&C Flip Book by Troll Lord Games. The PH and Monster / treasure books printed back to back in a flip / upside down style.
Warhammer 8e by Fantasy Flight Games. The eighth edition for the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3 system.

Child oriented
rpgKids by Highmoon Games. This d12 game system is designed to introduce kids to the world of RPG’s.
Bean!  by Fabled Worlds. Simple, versatile, and silly!

Generic / Non-genre
Strands of Fate by Void Star Games. A generic genre rule set for the FATE 3 system.
Savage Worlds Starter Kit by Pinnacle.
Mini Six: Bare Bones Ed by AntiPaladin Games. This is a streamlined version of WEG’s Generic, open d6 system.

From the self-published side of things…
Nanopunk by K. Green using the FATE 3 system. Play a nanotech-imbued character and design the corporation who controls them.
Misspent Youth by Robert Bohl. Play a teen beating down authority as only street punks can, then feel the hubris ooze in. Easily a dark ‘R-rated’ game.

This years onlike RPG games include: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm,  Alpha Protocol, and the cult hit NIER. NIER is a multi-genre action-RPG with a heavy emphasis on 2D and 3D Bullet hell game mechanics. Knights in the Nightmare is an RPG with Real Time Strategy/Bullet hell gameplay.

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